It's the heart and soul of your home. Big kitchens are common in today's bestselling home plans, but the plans in this collection offer really huge cooking spaces. Many of today's home plans offer open layouts that eliminate barriers between the kitchen and the main gathering room so that you can interact with family and friends while you cook.
Look for a layout with an efficient "work triangle" (the path between the sink, stove, and refrigerator) but with plenty of counter space. A kitchen island offers tremendous versatility, functioning as a prep space, a snack counter, a bar for serving appetizers, and so on. Other upscale amenities might include a walk-in pantry, vegetable sink, or butler's pantry leading into the dining room.